This September, watch out for parking lot closures in downtown Cannon Beach for repairs and resurfacing.
The downtown parking lot off Spruce Street behind the post office will be closed Sept. 10-14, with the parking lot at Spruce and Second streets across from the Chamber of Commerce closing shortly after on Sept. 17-21.
Public Works Director Karen La Bonte recognizes September is still a busy month for visitors, but said it is critical for the work to happen while temperatures are still warm and rainfall is low.
City Councilor George Vetter raised his concerns at a City Council work session last week, fearing the closures would impact local businesses.
“This is just the week after Labor Day. There are a lot of people still out traveling,” Vetter said. “I hope we can push back the dates for our merchants.”
La Bonte said while she understands the concern, she said there is no “good time” for these kind of projects. If the repairs are made now, the city can use a slurry seal that is less expensive to fix cracks and other wear-and-tear issues in the lots. Pushing off the repairs could result in forcing the city to do more time-extensive and costly repairs in the future, she said.
“To me, it’s a top priority and it’s the best time to do this,” La Bonte said.